This is Richard Hill, founder of DNA Favorites. I don't write long, detailed blogs. My blogging style matches that of my website: clear, concise summaries with links to learn more.
I typically share these posts to my DNA Favorites Facebook page and to my RichardHillDNA accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can follow me in whatever medium you prefer.
In this 14-minute podcast, I answer questions about adoption, DNA testing, and my personal search for birth family.
This court finally took action against a man who had given far too much of himself over the years.
Continue reading "After Fathering 600 Children, Man Banned from Donating More Sperm"
My audiobook publisher is offering a download of "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA" for just $5.10. On 6/14/23 the price goes back up to $16.99.
Here's one of the best summaries you will ever find on mitochondrial DNA and how to use it for genealogical research.
DNA testing often uncovers unknown birth parents. In this case, it led to a welcoming family in Spain and information about the parents who abandoned them.
Continue reading "Abandoned Siblings Identify Parents with a Criminal Past"
See how testing multiple family members on different DNA test types can help you break down genealogical brick walls.
Continue reading "How Testing Sibling's DNA Helps Genealogy Research"
Endogamy occurs when a community marries within its defined culture or location for many, many generations. There are many such communities described here.
Continue reading "A Great Article on Endogamous Communities"
Donors who thought they were anonymous are getting tracked down by their children. Often this leads to positive new relationships.
Continue reading "Sperm and Egg Donors Identified by DNA Tests"
A British woman who was put up for adoption as a baby in 1990 has found her entire biological family in Canada - after they spent years looking for her.
Continue reading "DNA Leads British Adoptee to Family in Canada"
The people at DNA Painter have assembled a fantastic collection of genealogical tools, articles, blogs, books, etc. from this year's RootsTech Conference.
Continue reading "RootsTech 2023 Links: An Amazing Collection"
MyHeritage is a favorite website for genealogists like me. This article describes ten great features to help build your family tree.
Continue reading "10 MyHeritage Features This Genealogy Expert Can’t Live Without"
Through May 13, you can get one full year of anytime access to all 1,950+ classes and 7,400+ syllabus pages for just $25.
Continue reading "Spring Sale on Legacy Family Tree Webinars"
I recently finished an amazing book about adoption titled "Hole in My Heart" by Lorraine Dusky. You can read my review on Amazon at this link.
A combination of DNA testing and Facebook ended decades of searching for this adopted woman. She even met her grandmother just before the woman died.
RootsTech celebrates DNA Day on April 25, 2023, with 8 free online classes led by DNA experts covering various topics.
Personally, I can't imagine buying this DNA test. But there must be a market for it. In any case, it's an interesting read.
When this couple married, no one suspected they might be related. But DNA testing revealed a surprise match--to each other.
Continue reading "DNA Test Surprise: Married Couple Are Cousins"
The Akron-Summit County Public Library has invited me to speak virtually this Saturday, 4/22/23. Their system has plenty of capacity so you are welcome to register and watch. See this page for details.
Continue reading "Two Genetic Genealogy Presentations on Saturday"
This article explains how to use autosomal DNA matches to solve family history mysteries and answer long-standing questions about your family tree.
One of the more fascinating DNA stories I've read. It's long but well worth the time.
Continue reading "Three Abandoned Children, Two Missing Parents and a 40-year Mystery"
Here's a great DNA reunion story that I overlooked earlier. Lots of similarities and coincidences make it a fun read.
Continue reading "Sisters Meet for First Time After 55 Years"
MyHeritage has introduced a new tool for projecting your relationship to DNA matches. Roberta Estes explains it clearly and completely.
Now in his 70s, Joe never knew his 15-year-old sweetheart had given birth to a girl and put her up for adoption. Thanks to DNA testing, he got to meet her.
This free online event from Legacy Family Tree Webinars will be held on April 13–14, 2023. Learn more and register on this page.
Thanks to Dick Eastman, here is the latest information I've seen on capturing the DNA your deceased ancestors may have left behind.
Continue reading "How to Get Your Ancestor's DNA from Old Envelopes and Other Items"